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A-State Students Advance in National Music Competition


JONESBORO – Arkansas State University music students Cori Beasley and Cody Hutchison were first-place winners in their divisions for the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competition in Arkansas.  In January the two students will represent the state of Arkansas in the south central division round in Tulsa. 

Beasley placed first in the voice category, and Hutchison was the winner in brass. 

A soprano, Beasley studies voice with Matthew Carey, assistant professor of music, as a senior vocal performance major.  Originally from Gilmer, Texas, she has received several awards while at A-State. First place prizes include the National Association of Teachers of Singing southern region auditions; the Arkansas State University Young Artist Concerto Competition; the Delta Symphony Young Artist Concerto Competition; and the Treble Clef Club Scholarship auditions. 

In the spring of 2011, she was selected as a soloist in the American Choral Directors Association National Women’s Honor Choir. Beasley is a student member of American Choral Directors Association, Texas Music Educators Association, and Sigma Alpha Iota.

Hutchison is a junior music education and performance major from Jonesboro.   He is a member of the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra, Tuba Euphonium Ensemble, Trombone Choir and Brass Choir.

Recently, Hutchison won the 2014 Orchestra Concerto Competition at A-State and had the opportunity to solo with the orchestra.  His current instructor is Dr. Ed Owen, professor of music.

Winners of the south central division competitions will proceed to the MTNA National Competition in Las Vegas in March.

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Beasley and Hutchison
Cori Beasley and Cody Hutchison